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Picture this.

A brand new data economy.

Vana was born in San Francisco in 2021, with the idea that everyone everywhere should safely and soundly be able to get the most out of their personal data.

By building an open and user-owned data ecosystem, we are shifting the flow of data for a more prosperous world.

Open mind & scientific mindset

We approach the world scientifically, constantly testing and validating our assumptions. We set out clear, verifiable hypotheses and continuously collect data to test them. We have an open mind, recognizing that data that updates our prior beliefs is the most valuable. We are reasoned and logical in our thinking. We encourage empathy and perspective-taking as a way to collect more data and better understand the world.

Scrappy & action-oriented

We are resourceful and do whatever it takes to accomplish our goals. We don’t stick to broken systems or do things just because “they” do it that way. We hold ourselves and others accountable to delivering tangible outputs and results. We are focused on doing things in the way that generates the best results efficiently, even if that means breaking norms or standard best practices.

Ambition & excellence

We recognize the scale of our mission and that it will take all of us being best in class to achieve it. We strive to be practically-minded experts in our chosen fields; we can bring big ideas to life. We are passionate, obsessed and don’t settle for mediocrity. Our excellence attracts others who are also best in class, constantly challenging each other to be better.

Our story in numbers.

2021

Vana was founded

12

Cities across the world

$20M

Raised

17

Employees

10k

Data points flowing

2020

Vana was founded

10k

Users

$20M

Raised

17

Employees

200k

Data points flowing
Anna Kazlauskas
Anna Kazlauskas
Cofounder & CEO

Early core developer at Celo, started YC ML startup, economics research at the World Bank, Federal Reserve, and European Central Bank. Studied CS at MIT. Ethereum mining with dumpster GPUs in 2015.

Art Abal
Art Abal
Cofounder & COO

Former Head of Global Impact Sourcing at Appen. Lawyer at DLA Piper. Advised Prime Minister of East Timor; designed institutions for a new country. Built and led teams across 5 continents. Harvard and MIT.

Dan Rasmuson
Dan Rasmuson
Partner

Co-Founder and CTO of Labelbox, the industry leader in training data management software. Engineering Manager at DroneDeploy where he started and grew their platform to over 100 integrations, powering machine learning for aerial imagery across the world. Forbes 30 under 30 and a chess champion.

Ellison Klose
Ellison Klose
Chief of Staff

Previously at the Boston Consulting Group and MIT.

Lauren Barrett
Lauren Barrett
Head of Product

Head of Product at Premise Data, product leader at Capital One and ThoughtWorks. Consultant for the United Nations. Statistics nerd learning how to surf.

Joe Gillespie
Joe Gillespie
Head of People

Former Head of Tech Recruiting at Robinhood, scaling the company from 75 to 4000 employees in 4 years. Hardware recruiting leader at Oculus (Meta). Led Global research projects for top automotive companies after cofounding 2 companies just out of college. Startup advisor.

Stephen Boske
Stephen Boske
Head of Legal

Former Associate General Counsel at Coinbase with 15 years of prior legal experience covering major broker dealers and other financial institutions. Obtained his Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin and Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. CFA charterholder.

Colin Stevenson
Colin Stevenson
Head of Community

Led Support and Crowd Operations at Appen & Figure Eight. Co-founded a translation company in Chile.

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"I’m so excited about Vana because it’s another step towards a more fair economy, one in which people are rewarded for one of their most valuable assets, even if they had previously given up on claiming it as their own."

Packy McCormick
Founder, Not Boring
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They’ve got our backs.

Getting to play a part in creating a future where my kids, and really everyone, can understand and control their data is amazing.

- Joe G, Head of People
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Best place to woRk 2023 (aspiring)

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Vana is not just a place to work — it's a place to grow and build the next generation of the internet.

- Joseph C, Software Engineer
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Getting to play a part in creating a future where my kids, and really everyone, can understand and control their data is amazing.

- Joe G, Head of People
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best place to work 2022

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Vana is not just a place to work — it's a place to grow and build the next generation of the internet.

- Joseph C, Software Engineer

We’re growing. Fast.

With great data comes great responsibility, and we’re shaping the future of it. Care to join us?
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team

We’re growing. Fast.

With great data comes great responsibility, and we’re shaping the future of it. Care to join us?
See open positions